Akira Kurosawa's Scandal - as relevant now as when it was made - is a pointed attack on the rising power of the press and their practices in the newly Americanised postwar Japan of 1950. Kurosawa was outraged by the actions of the gutter press, where "personal privacy is never respected", and at the encouragement of this disrespect by the public's voyeuristic tendency to delve ever deeper into the lives of celebrities. Stirred to broaden his film's scope, Kurosawa made the film a study of personal honour, one which highlights the need for ordinary individuals to speak out against injustice and corruption. On holiday in the snow-covered mountains, young painter Ichiro Aoye has a chance meeting with the popular singer Miyako Saijo, After giving her a ride back to the hotel where they are both staying, Ichiro is photographed with Miyako by paparazzi. A magazine creates an expose of their 'secret romance' based around this photograph, and the brooding Ichiro ignites a bitter and dirty libel case in order to restore their honour. Scandal stars many great Japanese actors of the period, including Noriko Sengoku and Takashi Shimura, who delivers one of his finest performances as the emotionally torn defence lawyer. Kurosawa's film stands as his own one-man blast against press intrusion.